English is now a global phenomenon no longer defined by fixed territorial, cultural and social functions. The Routledge Companion to English Studies provides an authoritative overview of the subject area. Taking into account the changing conceptualisations of English, this Companion considers both historical trajectories and contemporary perspectives whilst also showcasing the state-of-the-art contributions made by the established scholars of the field.

The Routledge Companion to English Studies:

  • provides a set of broad perspectives on English as a subject of study and research  
  • highlights the importance of the link between English and other languages within the concepts of multilingualism and polylingualism 
  • investigates the use of language in communication through the medium of digital technology covering key issues such as Digital Literacies, Multimodal Literacies and Games and Broadcast Language 
  • explores the role of English in education taking account of social, ethnographic and global perspectives on pedagogical issues.

This collection of thirty-four newly commissioned articles provides a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the dynamic and diverse field of English Studies and will be an invaluable text for advanced students and researchers in this area.

part |64 pages

English In Larger Contexts

chapter |13 pages

English as a subject

ByViv Ellis

chapter |17 pages

English and Literacy in Education: National Policies

ByAndy Goodwyn

chapter |13 pages

World Englishes

ByAndy Kirkpatrick

chapter |19 pages

Literary Criticism

ByElaine Ho

part |294 pages

English in Studies of Language

chapter |17 pages

Polylingualism and Languaging

ByJ. Normann Jørgensen, Janus Spindler Møller

chapter |16 pages

Multilingualism and Language Education

ByOfelia García

chapter |13 pages

Systemic Functional Linguistics

ByBernard Mohan, Tammy Slater

chapter |14 pages


ByJan Blommaert

chapter |16 pages

Linguistic Anthropology

ByStanton Wortham, Katherine S. Mortimer

chapter |13 pages


ByPaul Prior

chapter |21 pages


ByKarin Aijmer

chapter |20 pages

Interactional Sociolinguistics

ByCelia Roberts

chapter |14 pages


ByMichael Stubbs

chapter |13 pages

Formal Syntax

ByAndrew Carnie

chapter |16 pages

Phonetics and Phonology

BySusan Maingay

chapter |16 pages

Corpus Linguistics

ByKieran O’Halloran

chapter |13 pages

Conversation Analysis

ByChris Jenks

chapter |15 pages

Communicative Repertoire

ByBetsy Rymes

chapter |15 pages

Critical Discourse Analysis

ByRuth Wodak

chapter |16 pages

Critical Applied Linguistics

ByRadha Iyer, Margaret Kettle, Allan Luke, Kathy Mills

chapter |11 pages

Narrative as Cultural Practice

ByJens Brockmeier

chapter |15 pages

Language and Identities

ByDina López, Lesley Bartlett

part |90 pages

English in Education

chapter |14 pages

Academic Literacies

ByTheresa Lillis

chapter |17 pages

US First-Year Composition and Writing in the Disciplines

ByIrene Clark, David R. Russell

chapter |13 pages

English for Academic Purposes

ByKen Hyland

chapter |14 pages

Writing in the Disciplines/Writing Across the Curriculum

ByBruce Horner

chapter |16 pages

Literacy Education: “About Being in the World”

ByPeter Freebody, Georgina Barton, Eveline Chan

chapter |14 pages

New Literacy Studies

ByKate Pahl

part |67 pages

English in New Communicative Technologies

chapter |13 pages

Englishes and Digital Literacy Practices

ByColin Lankshear, Michele Knobel

chapter |11 pages

English Studies Through a New Literacy Studies-Multimodal Lens

ByJennifer Rowsell, Lisha Chen

chapter |15 pages

New Technologies for English Language Learning and Teaching

ByJames Simpson, Aisha Walker

chapter |15 pages

Games and Broadcast Language

ByCatherine Beavis

chapter |11 pages

Language of Advertising

ByElsa Simões Lucas Freitas